Welcome to the "Hunt Rakiura" page where we trust you'll find helpful information on hunting opportunities on Stewart Island. This page should provide you with the necessary information you need to decide if you would like to take up the challenge of hunting whitetail (Virginian) deer on New Zealand's Stewart Island within our RMLT Hunting Blocks. Stewart Island has for many years been a prized hunting spot for many local and international hunters.
The coastal location of the hunting blocks also provides the opportunity to take advantage of Stewart Island's great fishing and diving opportunities available in the same area as the hunting blocks (daily M.A.F limits apply). Many hunting parties have been taking advantage of this opportunity to fish and dive during their hunting trips.The whitetail deer on Rakiura are the most southern herd in the world and the blocks provide access to good stocks in stunning locations.
If you want to book a block or check availability:
- Open Google Chrome (download here if you don't have it installed).
- Click on the "Make a Booking" button on the top right side of this page.
- An Enquiry form will open.
- Fill out all required fields.
- Check the rates and rotation days here to make sure you book from one rotation to the next.
If you are unable to get the information you need using the form provided, or need some assistance email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Terms and Conditions
Hunting Permits are issued on the following conditions:
- Charter Operators used are one of the RMLT approved Operators.
- Charters can be booked from Bluff or Halfmoon Bay (Oban).
- Blocks are booked on a weekly basis.
- Blocks are available from mid-day on the rotation day, until mid-day on your last day.
- Full Terms and Conditions below.
Bookings will be taken on blocks where the return date from the block is no greater than 12 months from the date the booking is required to be confirmed, providing the hunting blocks have been opened for booking at the time.
When you make a booking, your booking is available and it has been confirmed by us along with the cost, you will be given 14 days (Inclusive) from the date we confirm your booking is available and price quoted, to pay a deposit to secure your booking. You will then be required to pay for your booking in full no less than 90 days before your departure from Bluff or Halfmoon Bay.
You may make one adjustment to the numbers you have booked on your trip up to 90 days before the departure date from Bluff or Halfmoon Bay to the block you have booked to use, thereafter the booking is fixed. If you make more than one adjustment to you booking you will be charged an adjustment fee of $50.00 per additional adjustment. All Hunters in your party will be required to provide appropriate ID to the Charter Boat operator before you can be transported to your block
Changes to travel dates and block selection will require a cancellation of the existing booking and a cancellation fee will apply.
Hunting blocks are offered as a single fee for the block booked, and relative to the time spent on the block. We will give you all the information you require regarding how to get there and what you need to provide. We will supply a list our approved charter operators and suppliers for gas, coal, dinghies, outboards etc. Any charges for these items are in addition to, and over and above the block fees.
Bad weather is beyond our control and where a booking is disrupted by bad weather that prevents any or all of your booking from proceeding this will not result in refund or exchange of your booking. Every effort will be made to ensure your booking can proceed as booked provided this can be done in a safe manner to you and all those involved in transporting you.
You will be able to cancel your booking under the following conditions for any reason,
If you cancel up to 90 full days before the departure date from Bluff to the block you have booked to use, you will receive a refund equal to the total cost of your block fee less a $250.00 cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 89 full days up to 45 full days before the start date of the cycle of the block you have booked to use, you will receive a refund equal to 50% of the total cost of your block fee unless you can find a replacement party to take as new booking, (with no cancellation option for the new booking), then you will receive a refund equal to the total cost of your block booking of the $250.00 cancellation fee.
We will not accept a cancellation after 44 full days before the start date of the cycle of the block you have booked unless you can find a replacement party of the same or greater size to take a new booking, (with no cancellation option for the new booking), then you will receive a refund equal to the total cost of your block booking less a $250.00 cancellation.
The reason you have for cancelling your booking does not affect the implementation of this cancellation policy in any way.
Update to Terms and Conditions
We retain the right to update our terms and conditions associated with our hunting blocks at any time without notice. The terms and conditions that exist at the time of your departure from Bluff to the block you have booked will apply to your booking.
The following is a list of hunting blocks operated by us on Stewart Island. The blocks are offered on a weekly rotation. You book the blocks on a per week basis with a rotation day specific to the block you choose. For example a Saturday rotation means the block is booked from Saturday midday to the following Saturday midday.
While transfer times on and off the block between parties is based around transport logistics organised for your day of travel, you only have the right to shoot on the blocks with your permit from mid day on your day of arrival, up to mid day on the day of your departure.
The above means you book and pay for our blocks by the week but you may travel to and from the blocks on any day of your choice during the period you have booked and paid for the block. You may also choose to purchase multiple weeks to suit the duration on the block you require.
The following is a list of the blocks under RMLT control and the facilities available on each. The dates each block is available can be confirmed on application through the booking system. (See side bar on this page).
|Facility||Block name||Rotation Day||1 Week Price||2 Week Price||Comments|
|Hut||Chew Tobacco||Saturday||$1000.00 Pus GST.||$1750.00 Plus GST.|
|Hut||Kaika||Sunday||$1000.00 Plus GST.||$1750.00 Plus GST.|
|Hut||Tikotatahi||Sunday||$1000.00 Plus GST.||$1750.00 Plus GST.|
|Hut||Little Kuri||Friday||$1000.00 Plus GST.||$1750.00 Plus GST.|
|Hut||North Lords||Friday||$1000.00 Plus GST||$1750.00 Plus GST.|
|Hut||South Lords||Friday||$1000.00 Plus GST.||$1750.00 Plus GST.|
|Hut||Big Kuri||Friday||$1000.00 Plus GST.||$1750.00 Plus GST.|
|Campsite||North Toi Toi||Saturday||$600.00 Plus GST.||$1050.00 Plus GST.|
|Campsite||South Toi Toi||Saturday||$600.00 Plus GST.||$1050.00 Plus GST.|
Here is an example of the Huts that are available on the serviced blocks, they sleep 6 people. The Huts include gas cooking rings along a with fire to heat the Hut, using coal and gas you have bought in yourself. Cutting of trees for fire wood is prohibited.
Note: Parties need to supply all their own bedding other than mattresses along with all cooking utensils pots, pans, plates, etc.
In early 2011 we built a new hut which will sleep 10 persons at The Kaika. The hut has a more spcious design with all the same features. This hut has 8 bunks but as you can see there is room for a couple extra on the floor.